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Category: gardening | Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:48 pm

At this time yesterday morning I was diligently weeding out a front rose bed again. It was almost 80 degrees with a 20 mile an hour warm breeze blowing, sun was hot, skies were crystal blue. Rains came in during the night, along with MORE wind, woke up to a temperature of 50 this morning..AND it's not supposed to get any warmer today!
This IS June..I think!..have been setting out veggie starts, put in 14 various pepper plants just two days ago that were the "Last of the Mohegans" to be transplanted into containers. Really was necessary to do so as the plants were beginning to set fruit in the greenhouse, couldn't wait any longer!
Eggplants were put out several days before, had to put up a windbreak in back of them for protection, and put partial protective "breaks" around most of the tomatoes (I use plastic sheets held on to cages with old-fashioned wooden clothespins for easy removal later on), am keeping my fingers crossed it's been ENOUGH way things are going weather-wise!
So far, things LOOK like they've adapted to this pogo ride of temperature differances and still Artic-like winds very other day..or so..but I want to CRY when I look at the warm weather plants as I just know they're cold and struggling!
The cool weather plants, and herbs, are just LOVING these extremes however, and the flowers don't seem to be minding what they're subjected to either: are blooming away! Some look a bit tattered from the winds, but the pansies, petunias and verbenas are continually putting forth new color all the time, are really strong little devils that absolutely amaze me to no end with their sturdiness!
At one time, I had nice brown hair, but this Wyoming gardening, and weather, has taken care of THAT: it's now all very silvery-gray! The term "you can't fight Mother Nature" must have originated in this State, but being a thick-headed gardener, gotta keep on a'tryin' every year..regardless. So yesterday was 80, today it's 50: give it a few days and it'll be 90 with blast furnace heat and NO breeze what-so-ever. Just HOPE my plants can hold on til then... .

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toni wrote on Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:06 pm:

Yep, fighting Mother Nature is a loosing proposition, plants and animals learned that thousands of years ago, it's the humans that have a slow learning curve. :)

Those warm weather plants should be just fine. The cool temps only last for a day or so they will sit it out.
Now if you had a freeze for several days they would go dormant then come back again.

Sure wish I could have some of your 50 degree temps, trade you some 95+ for them.


Biita wrote on Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:27 pm:

lol,,poor you! I do feel for you but i have learned to work with nature and eat from nature. I take her que and go from there. and when that fails, i follow the other farmers so then i can say its all their fault!! lol. listen to Toni, she will get you thru it okay.

90 deg. i would melt! lol.


Droopy wrote on Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:14 pm:

I know how you feel. We went from 26 deg C/80 deg F to 10 deg C/50 deg F and lots of wind and rain. Some plants are a sorry sight, but they will perk up once the weather turns again. It will turn, it always does. Hopefully it will turn this year and not wait until next summer. *lol*


eileen wrote on Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:48 pm:

Plants here have to cope with temperatures from -10 to the high 80's and seem to adjust quite well. Those that don't make wouldn't be right for my Scottish garden anyway so I just shrug my shoulders and plant something else in their places. Good luck with you fluctuating temperatures - I hope you plants all survive.

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